Brisbane Fashion Festival Wraps an Amazing Week

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is thrilled to have staged a super-successful return event this year.
Some fashionable facts from the event included:

  • More than 60 designers were featured in the Fashion Festival – including leading Queensland fashion greats, top national brands and the brightest next generation talent – with 800 new-season outfits on show.
  • A total of 150 volunteers dedicated their time to make the Festival possible. Their amazing support and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated!
  • Up to 40 dressers worked backstage each night to ensure a seamless transition between outfits on the runway.
  • #mbffbrisbane was tagged nearly 4,000 times on Instagram.

  • Some 19 emerging designers appeared for the very first time on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane runway, including students of QUT, past graduates of TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Brisbane School of Fashion and some very talented Kelvin Grove SC students who presented their label, Bold.
  • The runway Group Shows were live streamed for the first time. The films were professionally produced by TPD Media, sponsored by Brisbane City Council and hosted by model, TV presenter and former Miss World Australia, Courtney Thorpe.
  • Prestigious global brands including Tom Ford and Balmain (from Harrolds) and Christian Louboutin were showcased for the first time at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, as part of the Pacific Fair Fashion Show.

Our team have been wonderfully overwhelmed with the response from fashion lovers – with all of our ticketed events selling out in record time and 2,500 show goers attending our runway shows and events across the five days of the Festival!

We wish to thank all those who attended and supported the Festival this year, and our valued Partners whose support made our return to Brisbane possible – in particular, our ongoing Principal Partner since the beginning, Mercedes-Benz.

We are also delighted to donate $2,000 from ticket sales to Bravehearts. Bravehearts is dedicated to empowering and protecting children. This Friday 8 September is White Balloon Day – visit for more information and to support this important cause.

We hope all of our show-goers and those who watched the live streamed runway shows have been inspired for the new Spring/Summer fashion season!

Fashion Festival designers have treated us to range of covetable trends, including bold colours – red and blue are particularly hot; fresh white; romantic ruffles, layers and floaty hemlines; unique silhouettes such as asymmetric lines, graphic cut-outs, one-shoulder and off-shoulder styles; and bold prints, especially stripes.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival itself was a sellout event, showcasing the very best of Queensland and Australian fashion, and the brightest up-and-coming design talent over four days at Old Government House. This year the show was streamed on Facebook Live, a featured supported by Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Marketing.

Source: Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

ALEXACHUNG's Second Collection PROM GONE WRONG launched

Following the outstanding success of the ALEXACHUNG debut in May, this August the brand will reveal over 100 pieces from its new collection consisting of RTW, shoes and jewellery.

“PROM GONE WRONG is the moment of disaster. When something terrible happens and it happens in slow motion or you suddenly you have heightened senses or awareness.” – Alexa Chung, Creative Director ALEXACHUNG.

The mood of the collection draws inspiration from both the beauty of Wuthering Heights and Stephen King’s 1973 novel Carrie, a story centered on the idea of revenge, torment and the power to hurt and horrify. Prom Gone Wrong is built upon the juxtaposition of something terrible happening and your perfect moment combined.

Alexa commented “I was looking at debutante ball images and Tatler parties in the eighties- silks, taffetas and ballerina skirts. Pretty much your prettiest moment so elegant and feminine and then you’ve got crappy old socks on or an ambulance blanket wrapped around you”. Expanding on the idea of a Cinderella moment when at the stroke of midnight your perfect party dress dissolves into tragedy.

The collection comprises of feminine design details such as fitted frills, floral embroidery work and shoulder bows contrasted with masculine tailoring, varsity jacket combinations with oversized sweaters.

Fabric choices reinforces the contrast between masculine vs feminine with crushed satins, daisy embroidered velvet, georgette gingham and taffeta mixed in with casual plaid wools and sweatshirt jersey, creating an alluring combination of prim and rock n roll, where frivolous party pieces interact with grown up tailoring and classic silhouettes.

Hero pieces from the collection include a velvet tuxedo suit embroidered with colourful daisies, a satin mesh waisted maxi dress, a floral sequin embroidered tunic dress and trouser combination in crushed velvet, ballerina dresses and a rainbow striped tracksuit.

The heartbreak of the collection is echoed in graphic tees emblazed with slogans such as ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ and ‘Boy Crazy’ whereas the varsity jacket, a Classic American high school staple is reworked in 70s corduroy, capturing the youth and nostalgia of the collection.

Price range from slogan tees at £75 – to oversized trench coats at £780 instantly available to purchase at over 60 leading global retailers including Colette, Galeries Lafayette, Mytheresa, Boutqiue 1, Tsum, Matches, Selfridges and Net-a-porter as well as the brands own e-commerce site ALEXACHUNG.COM


JAN LOGAN x Romance Was Born: Introducing 'Cosmic Daze'

Australian luxury jewellery brand JAN LOGAN is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Cosmic Daze’, a capsule collection of fine earrings designed in collaboration with Romance was Born.

Inspired by the design duo’s Resort 2018 collection, aptly titled ‘Electro Orchid’, the limited edition pieces compliment the creative aesthetic of both brands and their shared vision for producing beautiful pieces of adornment that make women feel empowered.

“Much the same as JAN LOGAN, Romance Was Born are bold and brave in how they design and have a very true sense of who that woman is,” says Logan. “Working with inspiring Australian creative talent, has always been something that we have welcomed and fostered at JAN LOGAN and we are delighted to partner with Anna and Luke on a collection that embodies that sense of spirit and strength.”

Comprising of a carefully curated selection of Earrings, the collection features both every day and statement fine jewellery pieces set in gold, combining lustrous pearls with strong vibrant precious stones of Amazonite and Turquoise.

On the design process itself, Roselee Modica, Head Designer for JAN LOGAN adds, “It really was a collaboration between both design teams. We started with the Electro Orchid brief, as a basis and from there, worked with Romance Was Born to create a collection with embodied the strength and modern energy of both brands. From concept to creation, all pieces were sketched, designed and hand-made here in Sydney by our JAN LOGAN in-house jewellers.”

A proud and continued supporter of the Australian fashion industry, having previously collaborated with the likes of Colette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa and Easton Pearson, the JAN LOGAN x Romance Was Born partnership, although somewhat unexpected, is a natural fit for Modica given the woman who it embodies.

“This collection is for the woman who dares to dream and embrace life,” she says. “You cannot put that sense of sprit down to a particular customer of a certain age. For almost 30 years we have continued to design with this in mind. It’s not so much the piece but how it makes you feel. Who you become. It is for every woman who wants to feel empowered and be regarded as an icon.”

Source: Jan Logan 

Collette Dinnigan launches her first kids eyewear collection for Specsavers

Specsavers and Collette Dinnigan are excited to announce ‘Spirited’ – Collette’s first ever eyewear collection for kids, exclusive to Specsavers and available in stores from 14th September. The range is made for girls who like to march to the beat of their own drum, and is designed to encourage kids to have confidence in their style and wear their glasses with pride.

The collection is made up of seven ophthalmic frames, and features playful patterns that let the wearer stand out from the crowd, including checkerboard prints, jumbled spots and flower motifs that decorate the arms of cat’s eye and bold-fronted frames. Timeless shapes are subtly refashioned with delicately arched brow lines, sweeping silhouettes and keyhole bridges.

Collette, who was recently awarded an Order of Australia honour for her distinguished service to the fashion industry says, “I’m really proud of my new eyewear range for children. When designing this special collection, I was thinking about petite profiles, yet wanted to make sure the range was versatile enough to fit a variety of face shapes. Most of all, I wanted to make sure the young wearer would be excited to wear their glasses with pride – whether it be at home, in the classroom, or in the playground,” says Collette.

“Every care has been taken in the design stages to deliver a quality product so the wearer can focus on the important things in life without their glasses letting them down.” Collette adds.

The range includes elements of Collette’s signature aesthetic, refashioned with children in mind. All pieces have been crafted from high quality materials with a strong attention to detail. Design features include on trend crystal acetates in tinted pink and red tones and with a signature star temple tip on each frame, the range offers unique styles in a bright colour palette.

From Specsavers’ perspective, the latest collaboration with Collette is a timely reminder to parents that all children should have an eye test at least once every two years. Research1 has found that almost half of Australian parents are not taking their child to have their first eye test by the time they are eight, as recommended by Specsavers optometrists. After eight can be too late to prevent some long term eye conditions, such as a squint or a lazy eye.

Juan Carlos Camargo, Specsavers’ Head of Frames says, “The team at Specsavers loved working on this new range with Collette. The frames are so fun and colourful, and we think our youngest customers will be very pleased with the new collection.”

“We saw a gap in the market when parents and young spec wearers were calling out to see more stylish and unique frames in the younger age bracket. I believe the Collette Dinnigan kids eyewear range truly responds to what our customers have been looking for and I’m excited to see the response when the frames become available in stores.”

The new Collette Dinnigan eyewear range for kids will launch in Specsavers’ stores nationally on Thursday September 14th 2017 and is priced from $199 for two pairs single vision.

Source: Specsavers

Introducing MIN The Label

MIN The Label is inspired by the laid back elegance of Melbourne style, focused on offering the modern woman a capsule collection of elevated basics; pieces to complement any wardrobe.

From the founder Ellie T. – “Working in the fashion industry used to be just a dream. Following the footsteps of what is considered the norm in our society, I completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Monash University. After 5 years of working as a pharmacist, I realised I just wasn’t happy. Therefore, I took the boldest decision to quit my job and started traveling around the world; in the vain hope of pursuing happiness.

Two years and 40 something countries later, I was back in Melbourne. Reality hit. I still had to go back to a job that I didn’t like. On top of it, I realised I was struggling way more than when I first left.

This is when I finally gathered the courage to take a leap of faith and pursue what I truly loved. In the summer of 2015, I went to New York, to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design.

Through the combination of my passion in fashion and experiences traveling around the world, MIN The Label was founded. I was truly inspired by the experiences I had while trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and volunteering in Cambodia.

Living conditions were down to the bare minimum but yet, people were appreciative & contented. This is when I had the epiphany of creating and spreading the idea of a lifestyle where one could live more with less.”

OUR MISSION – Ellie travels abroad each year, drawing inspirations from around the world and procuring the most sustainable fabric so customers can experience only the best. Applying her professional ethics and scientific approach into creating a fashion label, Ellie has done an extensive research to achieve long term sustainability in the fashion industry.

Our mission is to create quality pieces only from fabrics that are natural, recycled and Eco-friendly that is biodegradable. The MTL mantra is to create timeless designs, so women feel empowered, confident, a sense of inclusion, a sense of being.

Source: Min The label